It has been my professional dream to commit my practice full-time to Women’s Health. I recently retired from the United States Army following 20 years in the Army Specialist Corps as a Physical Therapist. I graduated from the U.S. Army-Baylor University Physical Therapy program with a Master’s Degree in 1999, and in 2008, attained my Doctoral Degree from Baylor University. As a Direct Access Physical Therapist in the Army, my primary mission was to keep Soldiers mission ready. I held a board certification in Orthopedics and a Specialist Certification in Strength and Conditioning.
Early in my career, I became interested in Women’s Health issues and took a lot of classes in pre-natal, post-partum, and pelvic health. Unfortunately, I was quickly deployed, where my focus was again neuro-musculoskeletal impairments. Following deployment, I found a new Women’s Health opportunity to add Physical Therapy to the multi-disciplinary team at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Breast Cancer Center. This was during the time when most providers had not heard of axillary cording. I quickly found a niche treating women with post-operative scar tissue, adhesions, and axillary cording. The patients and oncology staff were thrilled at the functional gains and decrease in chronic pain derived from simple soft tissue manipulation. Around this time, I completed my certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage through the Norton School of Lymphatics.
Since that time, until my retirement in 2017, I provided care to female Soldiers and family members with Women’s Health issues whenever possible. Because a majority of Physical Therapists in the Army are specialized in orthopedics and/or sports rehabilitation, it is common for most women in the military system with musculoskeletal pain following childbirth, or breast cancer intervention, to be referred to civilian providers in the community. My life in the Army provided me with a wide variety of experiences and opportunities that I can now use to prevent long term pain and dysfunction in the lives of women.
1998 - 2017
Physical Therapist - Army Specialist Corps
Masters Degree - U.S. Army - Baylor University in Physical Therapy
Doctoral Degree - U.S. Baylor University
Specialist Certification & Training
Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
As an ortho-trained DPT, I can evaluate, diagnose, and create a plan of care for neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. The additional training and experience I have in the areas of pre-natal/post-partum, breast cancer, pelvic floor, bodywork, spine manipulation, and dry-needling, provide me the opportunity to offer holistic care.